Small Biz Events: eCommerce, Vets, Freelancers & More – June 20

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

Whether you are looking for a local event, a webinar you can watch from your desk, or a national conference, there are some great opportunities to learn, network, and grow your business over the next several months.


Score Workshops & Events
Multiple Dates & Locations

Business Basics – June 21, Hartford, CT
A Winning Business Plan – June 22, White Plains, NY
Make More Money & Free Up Cash – June 25, Sacramento, CA
Seminar on Intellectual Property – July 12, Princeton, NJ
Western Massachusetts Event – August 5, Springfield, MA
Home Based Business Seminar – August 17, Monmouth, NJ

See SCORE website for more local workshops.

Small Business Networking Event
June 22, 2011, Baton Rouge, LA

A special meeting to explore the opportunities available to assist with the development and growth of small and emerging business in Louisiana. The meeting will promote the awareness of the Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) Program and encourage small business owners to take advantage of the opportunity to grow and achieve the next level of success. During the networking event, we will provide an overview of the SEBD Program, discussing eligibility requirements, specific technical assistance provided by the program, and other business resources and opportunities

Vertical Response 2011 Take Action User Seminar Series
Multiple Cities & Dates

June 23, 2011 – Chicago
September 30, 2011 – Denver

The Vertical Response 2011 Take Action User Seminar is designed to educate you about email marketing in the age of social media. Complement your attendance with a one-on-one email consultation and get the chance to take what you learn and immediately put it into action!

2011 Creative Freelancer Conference
June 23-24, 2011, Chicago

The Creative Freelancer Conference, presented by HOW magazine and Marketing Mentor, is the only business conference for creative solopreneurs, from designers and writers to illustrators and photographers. Whether you’re a veteran or just starting out, you’ll get the specific tools you need to launch, build and grow a successful freelance business. You’ll also get plenty of time to connect with, learn from and share solutions with your fellow freelancers.
Register by the early bird deadline of April 1 and save $30!

Veteran 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.

NYC Business Networking Expo and Mixer
June 27, 2011, New York City

Join members of The NYC Business Networking Group (NYCBNG) for our free monthly business networking mini-expo. Meet business professionals and executives, small and medium sized business owners, entrepreneurs and established startups from a diverse group of industries. Network with our members and interact with our sponsor companies who will showcase their business related products and services.

Become a Brand Magnet: How to pull your business out of the online abyss
June 28, 2011, Online

You’ve got a website – maybe you’re on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. But when a prospect has a chance to find you on the Web, the odds are high that your business will be lost in the abyss of 200 million other websites. And worse, your brand may be distorted by links to information that are obsolete, biased, or just wrong. This 1-hour webinar is jam-packed with powerful online branding strategies, including absolutely free actions you can take to rescue your business and brand from the abyss.

FAA 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.

Social Media Strategies that Achieve Extraordinary Results
June 29, 2011

When it comes to learning about social media, there are plenty of online tutorials…but nothing beats the voice of experience. With that in mind, Aileron is excited to welcome three blogging, tweeting, and social-networking business owners for an informative panel discussion. These entrepreneurs don’t just use social media – they became successful, in large part, because of it.

Increased exposure and traffic, boosted search rankings, and improved sales are just some of the benefits of an effective social-media strategy. Panelists include Liz Strauss, Anita Campbell, and Barry Moltz.

Marketing Automation that Engages Your Customer
June 30, 2011, Seattle, WA

Marketing Automation is often filled with hype. This TechBizTalk event is out to demystify how to use marketing technology to help you build customer relationships. Business owners and marketing executives will meet and explore success stories and build a framework for understanding how to leverage new tools and systems with the help of our own product review editor TJ McCue. Meet with Seattle area marketing professionals from 11am to 2pm.

Online Marketing & Social Media Crash Course
Multiple Cities & Dates

Discover how you can harness the power of the Internet to get your business found online (in an affordable way), engage new customers with your brand, and keep old ones coming back. Deluxe for Business and Sprint are proudly sponsoring these FREE small business events across six cities in 2011, with the help of host Entrepreneur EXPO and keynote speaker Starr Hall.

July 14 – New York City
August 16 – Los Angeles
September 13 – Miami

The New York Venture Summit
July 20-21, 2011, New York City

The New York Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures is the premier industry gathering where cutting-edge startups meet top venture capitalists, angel investors, Corporate VCs and investment bankers.

Whether you are an investor seeking new deals, or an emerging company seeking capital and exposure, the The New York Venture Summit, is one event you won’t want to miss.

eCommerce Starter Pack for Beginners
July 21, 2011, Webinar

If you’re an inspiring entrepreneur looking to create an ecommerce site, or a site owner looking for better ways to sell online, you’re either faced with a sea of jargon, misleading technology, or prohibitive cost of entry.

To cut through the fog, join us for this session. This webinar will introduce some of the best options that’s available on the market today, including pros and cons of solutions such as Google Checkout, Shopify, BrilliantRetail & ExpressionEngine, and Magento eCommerce platform.

National Veteran Small Business Conference
August 15-18, 2011, New Orleans

The Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting this event. The largest nationwide conference of its kind, the National Veteran Small Business Conference provides Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs and SDVOSBs) an opportunity to learn, network and market their businesses.

4,000 leaders from various VOSBs, SDVOSBs, large contractors and Federal agencies as well as Veterans from the New Orleans area are expected to participate. This year’s event is composed of three venues: Small Business Conference, Exhibit Hall and VA Open House – Veterans from both the conference and local community are invited to learn and experience the wide range of resources available to the Veteran community.

Biz 2 Beach
August 19, 2011, Santa Monica, CA

Biz2Beach is an inaugural networking conference of thought leaders, innovators, and trendsetters for an exciting day of exchanging ideas. The “unconference” format of Biz2Beach is unlike most events. Our featured speakers who range in business expertise, will lead four intimate breakout discussions. B2B is presented by CallFire, who will unveil the latest iteration of its suite of telecom services.

NAWBO Women’s Business Conference 2011
August 31 – September 1, 2011, San Diego

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.

Affiliate Summit East 2011
August 21-23, 2011, New York City

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.

How I Built It
Thursday, September 15 – Chicago, IL
Wednesday October 5 – New York / World Business Forum

Join Wall Street Journal Small Business Editor, Colleen DeBaise as she moderates an esteemed panel of top entrepreneurs for dynamic discussions in your area. Gain first hand wisdom from these entrepreneurial gurus as they delve into their journeys of launching successful businesses.

25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference, Women’s Business & Buyers Mart
September 14, 2011, Chicago

The oldest conference and business opportunities fair for women in business in the country, this is the premier event for women business owners in the Midwest. In addition, this year’s conference will kick off with a celebration of our milestone anniversary on the evening of September 13th.

This year’s conference offers women business owners solutions to the current problems they are facing and the opportunity to increase the profitability of their businesses by building relationships with corporate and government buyers, business experts, and other women business owners.

The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards
September 21, 2011, New York City

The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards is the annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of the 500,000+ small businesses throughout the tri-state area. In its 6th year, the sold-out 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Awards Gala attracts more than 400 business owners and executives and is often referred to as “the networking event of the year.” Don’t miss the chance to do business with the “who’s who” of the New York small business community.

Inc. 500/5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony
September 22-24, 2011, National Harbor, MD

The Inc. 500 | 5000 Conference and Awards Ceremony celebrates the revered Inc. ranking of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. The momentous event brought together current Inc. 5000 honorees and alumni of the list, along with the greater business community, to recognize the remarkable achievements of these companies and the great contributions they have made to the global economy.

The Summit for Women in Business
October 6-9, 2011, Pigeon Forge, TN

The Summit For Women in Business is providing and showing you how to implement the needed strategies and tools to remain competitive and current within today’s evolving business climate. Created by women business owners for women business owners, this Summit is designed for SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) entrepreneurs, independent and self-employed professionals.

Western Mass Business Expo
October 18, 2011, Springfield, MA

As the region’s business publication, The Business Journal of Western Massachusetts believes the businesses and communities that comprise Western Mass. should be represented at a region-wide trade show to better promote buying and doing business locally. The day begins with breakfast at 7:30 followed by the Expo’s official opening at 9 a.m. and will feature seminars, speakers, lunch and a high-energy, end-of-day networking event featuring music, food and drink.

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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 and Small Business Trends.

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