New List of Events for Growing Companies

Welcome to this week’s roundup of events, conferences and webinars for growing companies and entrepreneurs, brought to you every other week by Small Business Trends and

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Thumbnail image for cbeyond.gifCbeyond Brings “Clarity to the Cloud” With Free Webinar Series

The series of webinars will highlight the simplicity, reliability and affordable solutions offered in the cloud. The topics include:
Bringing Clarity to the Cloud
March 1, 2011, featuring Cbeyond Cloud Services President, Brooks Robinson
Don’t Be a Server Hugger – Take Your Data to the Cloud for Enhanced Security and Redundancy
March 16, 2011, featuring Ramon Ray, journalist, technology evangelist, editor of and author of “Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses”
Cbeyond will be giving away a $50 AMEX gift card to one lucky participant at the conclusion of each webinar.

Thumbnail image for nyer.jpgHow to Get Amazing Sales & Marketing Results in the New Economy
March 1, 2011, Webinar

Learn how the marketing and sales functions are combining to make a powerful new system to let prospects learn about your company, hear your content and step forward, raise their hand and say “I want to do business with you.”
In this free webinar you will learn how to manage this change quickly and effectively to create marketing programs that produce results. Attendees will learn:
– How to Transition Your Sales People From Prospectors to Closers
– The Must Ask Questions to Increase Sales
– How to use Experience Mapping To Make Your Company Remarkable
– Strategies to Double Your Referrals
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.
efficientoffice.jpgBusiness Process Automation for Solos: The Burgeoning Inbox – Gaining Control of Important Emails
March 1, 2011, Webinar

If you spend more time scrolling through your inbox than actually reading the messages then this webinar is for you. Things You Will Take Away From This Webinar:
* The empowerment to unsubscribe from email lists that aren’t progressing your business
* Understanding how to implement email filters and rules to read and file incoming email messages
* Contact information of all the other attendees
* An invitation to attend Efficien Office Computing’s “First Quarter Review: How Are You Doing?” 90-minute webinar in April 2011 for free
brite11.JPGBrite ’11 Conference
March 2-3, New York City

BRITE ’11 will bring together big thinkers from business, technology, media, and marketing to discuss emerging trends in marketing, innovation, technology, society, and culture and how these trends can transform the ways that companies build and sustain great brands.
BRITE offers a different blend of thinkers and doers, both onstage and off, than you will find at any other event. Participants come to think differently about the changing landscape of media and technology, and to connect with a unique group of innovators, marketers, entrepreneurs, and champions of social enterprise.
Use discount code briteblog25 for 25% off registration.
brightcove.JPGGet Inspired: 20 Amazing Ways Marketers Are Winning with Online Video
March 2nd, 2011 2pm EST
March 8th, 2011 2pm EST

As you head into 2011 planning, learn how video increases the impact of your marketing campaigns. This webinar explores how companies like Reebok, Philips, Kohler, and others use video to drive awareness, generate leads, and increase stickiness of their sites.
Credit Ready NYC Credit Fair
March 7, 2011, New York City

March is recognized as Women’s History Month and keeping with that recognition; this event will be for Women entrepreneurs, business owners and startups. The fair is also open to anyone wanting to have financial information prior to getting involved with the creation of a business or to better manage the one that they are involved with. There will be banks, alternative lenders and non profit organizations to offer loan and financial services.
TO RSVP PLEASE CALL (212) 788-6871 or email:
logo2011_lowres.jpgSixth Annual Small Business Summit 2011
March 8, 2011, New York City & Online

Produced by Prime Strategies and, 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 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.
Thumbnail image for networksolutions.JPGResist the “March Madness”: Get Your Business Unstuck – Tweet Chat
March 10, 2011, Online

Join Network Solutions and Barry Moltz for a #Netsol Tweet Chat on March 10th from 1-2:30 PM EST. Barry Moltz will show you what it takes to handle the “madness” of running a small business.
tradebrooklyn.JPGTrade Brooklyn
March 15, 2011, Brooklyn, NY

Trade Brooklyn will bring together premier businesses from Brooklyn, the adjoining boroughs of NYC, and the greater NYC region. Exhibitors and Attendees will have the opportunity to connect and network with entrepreneurs, local, regional and national corporations, non-profits, government agencies, business advocacy groups, and the media.
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Morgan Entrepreneurship Series at the Hudson Library

Multiple dates, Hudson, OH

Quickbooks as a Business Tool
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
Terri Brundson, attorney, CPA and author of several books on accounting software, explains Quickbooks as a Business Tool. Co-sponsored by Akron’s SCORE office, “Counselors to America’s Business”.
The Entrepreneur’s Edge
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Kirk Neiswander, President of The Entrepreneur’s Edge, which provides services and programs specifically designed to help its member mid-market companies grow in value.
Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Baiju Shah, President, CEO and founder of BioEnterprise in Cleveland, an initiative that aids the formation, recruitment and acceleration of health care companies.
Entrepreneur Success Stories
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Entrepreneur success stories will feature a panel of successful Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs who are living the dream of running their own business.
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.
infusioncon2011.JPGInfusioncon User Conference
March 21-24, 2011, Phoenix, AZ

Infusionsoft, the leading provider of marketing automation software for small businesses, will hold its free annual user conference March 21-24 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. InfusionCon 2011 is the small business marketing event of the year bringing together more than 1,000 Infusionsoft customers for expert-led panel sessions and intensive training from Infusionsoft’s product and customer service teams. See the complete agenda and line-up of speakers here:
socialconsumer2011.jpgThe Social Consumer: Case Studies and Roundtables
March 23, 2011, New York City

We all know that consumer behavior is rapidly changing. This half-day conference will showcase very specific case studies that demonstrate how leading brands engage, influence and service consumers through innovative social programs.
This conference will answer the following questions and more:

  • How are brands using content strategy and content marketing as valuable currency to attract and retain customers and prospects?
  • What are specific examples of how consumer marketers provide better customer service through social CRM?
  • How do you embrace mobile social strategies including location based programs to increase sales and strengthen your brand?
  • How are leading brands engaging customers through social games?
  • What are the best examples of how leading e-commerce brands embrace social commerce to increase sales and provide better service?
  • How does Facebook’s open graph and the explosion of the “like button” impact consumer marketing?

Thumbnail image for nyer.jpgThe 2011 Sales & Marketing Playbook Conference
March 22, 2011

With most predictions calling for mild economic growth, businesses seeking to increase revenues need to have to be more aggressive with their sales and marketing initiatives.
Does your company struggle to get noticed among its competitors?
Are you aware of the latest proven sales & marketing tactics for the new normal?
Do you know the keys to shortening the sales cycle?
What elements must your website have to be validated by your prospects?
At this one-of-a-kind conference, leading experts will provide attendees both the strategy and the tactics needed to create and execute the sales and marketing plans to help them achieve their goals for 2011. This event will feature six breakout sessions covering a variety of critical sales and marketing topics.
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! Join’s Ramon Ray in New York City and get $10 off early bird registration at this link.
Thumbnail image for biztechday300.pngBizTech [Small Business]
March 24, 2011, San Francisco

Small businesses deserve access to the same tools and technology big companies employ, without paying big bucks. Discover a different way of doing business.
BizTech [Small Business Technology] is the premier event where small business owners discover the latest tools and technology to increase sales, generate more leads, save time and improve their competitive advantage.
Meet small business influencers including Mark Quinn – Head of Small Business Administration, Regina Dick-Endrizzi – Executive Director of Office of Small Business, City of San Francisco, Guy Philips – Head of Small Business, Visa. Learn what’s going on in the small business technology world today.
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.
Thumbnail image for blogwell.GIFBlogWell: How Big Brands Use Social Media
March 29, 2011 – New York City

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.
GE, H&R Block, Scholastic, Walmart, Scripps Networks, HP, and more will share case studies in corporate social media at BlogWell New York: How Big Brands Use Social Media. You’ll learn how to get started, get past roadblocks, and make your social media program phenomenal – all in one afternoon
Additional BlogWell events:
May 4, 2011 – Washington, DC
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
tradenassau.JPGTrade Nassau
April 12, 2011, Woodbury, NY

Trade Nassau will bring together premier businesses from Long Island the greater NY Metro region. Exhibitors and Attendees will have the opportunity to connect and network with entrepreneurs, local, regional and national corporations, non-profits, government agencies, business advocacy groups, and the media.
Meet and explore business opportunities with Long Island’s business elite
Meet Hundreds of Exhibitors and over 1,500 key decision makers
Attend business seminars and panel discussions to learn about the best business practices from experts
Spree.JPGSpecialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference
April 12-14, 2011, Las Vegas

SPREE is the world’s largest event for the $12 billion cart & kiosk industry. Whether you are a retailer, specialty leasing manager or prospective entrepreneur looking for the newest concepts, locations or services to start or grow your specialty retail business, or an exhibitor seeking new sales opportunities, SPREE is designed with you in mind!
extreme_business.JPGExtreme Business Makeovers
April 29-May 1, 2011, Orlando, FL

This dynamic and transformational “Connectinar” features top caliber small business thought leaders as well as like-minded, “intentional entrepreneurs” for you to network and form strategic relationships with.
Speakers include such powerhouses as Joel Comm, Frank McKinney and Scott Ginsberg who will teach you how to…
1) Uncover your hidden assets
2) Overcome your challenges
3) Create your action plan to bring you to the next level
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.
ungeeked-elite.jpgunGeeked Elite
May 12 -14, 2011, Chicago, IL

unGeeked Elite 3-day Retreat’s unique format:

  • No keynote speakers: unGeeked levels the playing field by presenting you with an influential list of international, national and regionally recognized consultants and authors.
  • No Presenters: unGeeked is where you participate in open discussions with “discussion leaders” regarding leveraging your corporate and personal brand.
  • Fewer Power Points or Prezi’s: Really? We don’t like them. However, if the speaker needs to use one of these tools, they are limited to only five slides.
  • More speaker and attendee interaction: We’re changing what to expect from a seminar or conference.

Limited to 125 participants. Note: Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends will be speaking at this event.
Americas_smallbizsummit.jpgAmerica’s Small Business Summit 2011
May 23-25, 2011, Washington, DC

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual event—America’s Small Business Summit—unites small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs from across the country to learn, network, and discuss common legislative and management concerns. Help influence our nation’s economic and political agenda by advocating for pro-business policies through the Rally on the Hill portion of the program. Register before April 1st for early bird pricing.
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.
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,
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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.

One thought on “New List of Events for Growing Companies

  1. DennisBridget

    I had a dream to begin my own business, nevertheless I did not have got enough amount of money to do it. Thank God my close colleague suggested to take the home loans. Hence I took the car loan and made real my desire.


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