2011 Small Business Events

The next few weeks and months have lots of opportunities to get out there, learn, network, and start 2011 on the right foot – enjoy!
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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bloggingsuccesssummit.JPGBlogging Success Summit 2011
February 1-22, 2011, Online

Blogging Success Summit 2011 is a live online conference designed to help you master blogging, empowering you to quickly attract and connect with customers (and prospects) via your very own platform—a blog. The industry’s leading blogging pros will show you how.
Join 23 experts, including Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra, Scott Monty (head of social media, Ford), Darren Rowse (co-author, ProBlogger), Brian Clark (Copyblogger), Debbie Weil (author, The Corporate Blogging Book), Douglas Karr (co-author, Corporate Blogging for Dummies); experts from McDonald’s, Cisco, Southwest Airlines, Sony, and Procter & Gamble; plus Joe Pulizzi (co-author, Get Content Get Customers), Mari Smith (co-author, Facebook Marketing), Jay Baer (co-author, The Now Revolution), Chris Garrett (co-author, ProBlogger), Dave Garland (author, Smarter, Faster, Cheaper), Mike Volpe (VP of marketing, HubSpot), Rick Calvert (CEO, BlogWorld) and Michael Stelzner (Social Media Examiner)—and more.

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 mandi.jackson@sbconference.org.
socialmediaandsales.JPGSocial Media and Sales Telesummit
February 1-March 8, 2011, Teleclass

Top Trainers reveal Social Media and Sales secrets for making connections, increasing exposure and getting paid! By connecting the dots between social media, networking and sales you unleash the potential to skyrocket your business presence in 2011! Speakers include Patrick Schwerdtfeger, Karen Clark, PJ Van Huile, Jill Lublin, and more!
Thumbnail image for blogwell.GIFBlogWell: How Big Brands Use Social Media
February 2, 2011, Austin, TX

BlogWell features 8 great case studies on corporate social media from Toyota, Texas Instruments, REI, Kellogg’s, Dell, Coldwell Banker, Sabre Holdings, and InterContinental Hotels Group.
This event is all about how big brands use social media. No agencies, no startups — just big companies sharing what they’ve learned and providing practical, how to advice on creating great content, earning management buy-in, training employees, engaging fans, and keeping everything ethical and legal.
Additional BlogWell events:
March 29, 2011 – New York City
May 4, 2011 – Washington, DC
digitalmarketingforum.JPGDigital Marketing Forum 2011
February 2-4, 2011, Austin, TX

Digital Marketing Forum Austin will feature:

  • Keynote sessions from provocative thinkers—get inspired by new perspectives on digital marketing
  • Case studies from leading brand-side marketers—see what’s working NOW and apply those best practices to your own campaigns
  • Actionable advice and how-to’s—leave the event and start immediately improving your email, search, social media, and digital marketing results
  • Day-long, pre-conference workshops—choose in-depth training on social media measurement or content marketing/development
  • Plenty of networking opportunities—learn from other marketers in our unique Peer-to-Peer sessions, and mingle with speakers, thought leaders, and digital marketing enthusiasts during the conference

socialmediaweek.JPGSocial Media Week
February 7-11, 2011, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Paris, Toronto, Sao Paulo, London, Hong Kong, Istanbul

Social Media Week (SMW) is a global platform that connects people, content, and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media.
Delivered primarily through a network of internationally hosted biannual conferences and online through social and mobile media, Social Media Week brings hundreds of thousands of people together every year through learning experiences that aim to advance our understanding of social media’s role in society.
conference_call_univ.JPG“How To Pitch A HARO Reporter” Conference Call
February 9, 2011, teleconference

Every day, hundreds of journalists use Help a Reporter Out (HARO) looking for sources just like you. Yet only a small percentage of the responses they get from HARO members make it into their articles. Want to make sure YOURS is one of them? You need to be on this call.
Join HARO founder Peter Shankman as he sits down with some top level journalists and asks them what makes their perfect pitch? If you’ve ever pitched a HARO reporter, or ANY reporter, you NEED to be on this call.
Thumbnail image for ducttape.jpgWinning the Local Search Game
February 9, 2011, Online

Getting your local business to come up early and often when a prospect searches online for local products and services is crucial for the small local business these days. Increasingly, the search engines are creating ways for local shoppers to more easily find businesses in their towns and communities and you need to know how to take advantage of these new tools and tactics.
John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing, reveals a 5 step system for dominating search in your local market. You’ll learn the tips and tactics that every small business can employ to significantly raise their local search profile.
mydesignshop.JPGThe Creative Professional’s Guide to Money Webcast Series
February 10, March 10, April 14, 2011, Online

Marketing Mentor’s Ilise Benun presents a three-part series of online sessions designed to help creative professionals like you manage money—how to think about it, how to talk about it and how to manage it.
This HOW Learning Series will teach creatives—whether full-time freelancers, agency owners, moonlighters or aspiring entrepreneurs—the basics they need to know about the financial side of a creative business, then point them toward more detailed resources to learn more. We’ll address financial questions common to a wide range of creatives, from how to develop the business mindset required to take your business to the next level, to how to position your price and talk about money with confidence, to how to deal with numbers and get out of the money fog.
network_now.jpgStrategic & Financial Planning Seminar
February 24, 2011, Doylestown, PA

This two part seminar for business owners will help you make informed business decisions about where to spend your money and time. The event is organized by Network Now, a business networking group for women.
Part 1 – Strategic Planning. A strategic plan is the road map for your business. You will learn how strategic planning can help you increase your profitibility and be guided on how you can easily develop a solid plan for your company.
Part 2 – Financial Planning. Your financial plan should support your strategic plan. You will learn how to create a budget, keep track of your income and expenses, and measure your results to your forecast.
getlisted.gifGetListed.org Local University
February 25, 2011, Portland, OR

Local U: Spokane is an intensive day-long crash course in Internet marketing that will help you navigate the possibilities for marketing your business on the web. You’ll learn Search Engine Optimization tips and techniques, including step-by-step walkthroughs of how to conduct your online marketing campaigns.
Thumbnail image for fordham_university.GIFHow to Conduct Market Research for Business Plans, Launching New Ventures
February 28, 2011, New York City

Fordham Marketing Professor Hooman Estelami, in this interactive seminar, discusses techniques for conducting market research for evaluating new products, new markets and competitive landscapes. This seminar will help you address the questions: Is your new product/service idea a good one? Is there a market for the product? How big is the market? How do I learn about the competition? How do I make forecasts?
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.
logo2011_lowres.jpgSixth Annual Small Business Summit 2011
March 8, 2011, New York City & Online

Produced by Prime Strategies and Smallbiztechnology.com, this event is an informative, inspiring, and productive day. Headline speakers include Chris McCann of 1800 Flowers and Jim Fowler of Jigsaw, which was acquired by Salesforce.com in early 2010.
At this year’s Summit you will network with your peers, gain insight from business leaders who have built successful businesses – including 1800 Flowers, Jigsaw, 888 Red Light, ColderICE and more – see demos by the HOTTEST technology companies for small businesses, and hear the success story of this year’s Small Business Strategy Award winner.
Early Bird registration of $149 through February 15.
GeekGirl.jpgGeek Girl Boot Camp
March 19, 2011, Cape Cod, MA

This full-day technology “unconference” for women. Workshops include PC and Mac, Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), Location (foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp) Photoshop, QuickBooks, Blogging, Podcasting, WordPress, Google Tools, Dreamweaver, Video, Inbound Marketing, digital photography, and more. The workshops are designed for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. There are Discussion Groups and an all day Help Desk. The Mission of Geek Girl Camp is to educate and empower every girl and woman at every age level, on every skill level, at every income level on computer technology with fun and provide a legacy by giving back and paying it forward.
verticalresponse_takeactionseries.JPGVertical Response 2011 Take Action User Seminar Series
Multiple Cities and Dates

March 23, 2011 – Boston
March 25, 2011 – New York City
June 23, 2011 – Chicago
September 30, 2011 – Denver
The VR 2011 Take Action User Seminar is designed to educate you about email marketing in the age of social media. Complement your attendance with a 1:1 email consultation and get the chance to take what you learn and immediately put it into action!
youngstartup.jpgThe 2011 US/Israel Venture Summit
March 29-30, 2011, New York City

The US/Israel Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures is the premier gathering where cutting-edge Israeli startups meet top venture capitalists, angel investors, Corporate VCs and investment bankers from throughout North America.
Whether you are an investor seeking new deals, or an emerging company seeking capital and exposure, the The US/Israel Venture Summit, is one event you won’t want to miss.
growco-logo.gifGROWCO Grow Your Company Conference
April 6-8, 2011, Las Vegas, NV

Inc. created GROWCO, a three-day conference, for business leaders who want brass tacks advice to achieve the next level of growth. GROWCO speakers include founders and CEOs of fast-growing companies, icons in the business community, and authors of definitive business tomes. Learn how to develop a vision, manage a team, create a brand, get the most for your marketing dollar, connect with customers, close deals, and find capital
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.
Thumbnail image for fordham_university.GIFThe Art of Angel Investing: What Investors Look For, and Look Out for, When Investing in Startups
May 24, 2011

This event is a must attend for anyone interested in learning more about pitching business ideas, venture capital/angel investing, and starting their own business. And for those who are Fordham Students or Alumni, come cheer on your peers in the final round of the Fordham Business Plan Competition!
Thumbnail image for 140char.GIF140 Characters Conference
June 15-16, 2011, New York City

This event is expected to be the largest worldwide gathering of people interested in the effects of the real-time Internet on both business and “we” the people. It seems like everyone is talking about Facebook and Twitter but so what? Why do they really matter?
#140conf exposes you to the power the Internet has to disrupt businesses, change lives and create serendipity. You will leave with a fresh outlook on how the real time web can be used in your business or personal life to actually do something meaningful.
veteran_entrepreneur_11.JPGVeteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium
June 27-30, Reno, NV

Do you run a Veteran-owned or service-disabled Veteran-owned small business (VOSB/SDVOSB) and want to work with the government? Or do you want to team with a Veteran-owned company but aren’t sure how? The National Veterans Small Business Coalition has created the Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) to help you accomplish your small business goals.
Unlike other small business conferences, VETS connects thriving Veteran business owners with emerging Veteran entrepreneurs to expose the knowledge needed to acquire government contracts and teaming opportunities. While attending, also expect to network with government agencies, large companies, and potential clients and customers.
Thumbnail image for faa_logo.jpgFAA Small Business Opportunities Training Conference and Trade Show
June 28-July 1, 2011, Oklahoma City, OK

The FAA will host its Annual National Small Business Procurement Opportunities Training Conference and Trade Show on June 28 – July 1, 2010. The conference provides a forum for small businesses (including service-disabled and veteran-owned small businesses and 8(a) certified firms) to participate in technical and procurement opportunities workshops. Sessions will link small businesses with program managers, address business issues and concerns, and provide information that will benefit small businesses seeking to do business with the agency.
aThumbnail image for affiliatesummit2011.JPGAffiliate Summit East 2011
August 21-23, 2011

Affiliate Summit East 2011, the premier affiliate marketing conference, is taking place August 21-23, 2011 in New York City. This three day conference includes an exhibit hall with affiliate merchants, vendors, and networks, and multiple tracks of educational sessions covering the latest trends and information from affiliate marketing experts.
nawb.JPGNAWBO Women’s Business Conference 2011
August 31 – September 1, 2011, San Diego, CA

The NAWBO Women’s Business Conference is the only event of its kind focused on connecting women entrepreneurs to real business opportunities that deliver bottom-line results. The conference brings together businesses of all sizes from various industries to provide women entrepreneurs with both personal and professional tools and resources to take their business to the next level of success.
To find more small business events, contests and awards, visit our Small Business Events Calendar.
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Laura Leites, Managing Editor, Smallbiztechnology.com
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About Laura Leites

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 Smallbiztechnology.com and Small Business Trends.