New List of SMB Events: Analytics, Online Communities, Business Matchmaking & More – July 1

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.


Give Me 5 133: Mapping the Road to Federal Dollars
July 6, 2011, Online

To help small business owners access and win more procurement dollars, American Express OPEN and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) are offering a free web tutorial. This one-hour session will teach small business owners how to develop a winning strategy to pursue federal contracts. Business owners will learn how to analyze existing marketplace for competition; define key market characteristics for your message; and link strategy with market characteristics.
This educational webinar is part of the Give Me 5 program, a national program created by American Express OPEN and WIPP to help women business owners get a leg up on selling to the world’s largest customer: the U.S. government.

Score Workshops & Events
Multiple Dates & Locations

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.

Busting the Myths: What Small Businesses Need to Know about the Fair Labor Standards Act
July 13, 2011, webinar

Are you falling prey to the biggest myths of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? If so, your business could be in big, expensive trouble. Join NFIB as they bust up the most common myths affecting small business.

Building a Valuable Online Community
July 14, 2011 – NYC, Boston, Toronto, Cleveland & Online

Panel topics include:

  • Community building case studies from the panel – Mashable, Etsy,, Forrst.
  • The essentials of online communities – why do certain communities thrive while most fail?
  • How is online community building different from offline community building?
  • Scaling a community to new cities and new countries.
  • What are the critical product design and technology considerations for building an online community?
  • How important is the founder in a community? How to make the community thrive independently of the founder’s participation
  • Making a community into a business – how to profit from community without alienating members.
  • and more

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.

Rapid-Fire Tech & Business Bootcamp
July 21, 2011, New York City

This 4-hour event is part conference, part mini-expo & part networking event to connect you with NYC Industry Professionals.
Presentations geared to business owners, executives and entrepreneurs who are already successful and are looking to ramp up. Get you out of your comfort zone to achieve bigger goals.
Attend 8-10 short, informative 20-minute seminars on cutting-edge business products and services. Learn to quickly achieve success beyond your current business goals. Discover affordable technology to automate your business to free up your time. Seminars provide practical strategies to implement immediately. Tips & tools will drive business growth, revenue and ROI and save you time by operating your business more effectively.

American Express OPEN TeamingUSA
July 28, 2011, St. Louis, MO
September 13, 2011, New York City

Small businesses are vital to our economic strength and future. And teaming is one of the top strategies for helping small businesses compete for and win government business. Teaming USASM, a program of American Express OPEN® and Business Matchmaking, helps small business owners across America join forces to win.

This Teaming USA workshop will provide attendees direct access to key procurement officials from federal, state, and local government agencies, and major corporations presenting best practices and new opportunities in identifying contracts through teaming.

Teaming USA focuses on preparing a business to be “contract ready,” identifying specific opportunities and introducing the concept of teaming with other business owners. Attendees will learn how to secure proper certifications, clearances, and registrations and identify selling opportunities.

Technology Essentials for Small Business Conference
July 29, 2011, Brooklyn NY

Business owners will learn about the latest technology and new media marketing trends with practical ways of applying strategy, techniques, tools and software applications to increase revenue and productivity, solve critical business problems, and save time. Participants can choose from a wide variety of seminars ranging from 30-minute sessions to 90-minute hands-on-learning in computer labs.

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.

small_biz_logo-RGB-500What Small Businesses MUST Know About Their Website Analytics
September 14, 2011, Webinar

Our guest expert this month is Pierre DeBois of Zimana. In this live session Pierre will discuss the importance of tracking website analytics for small business owners, and attendees will walk away with tips and tools that they can implement immediately. We’ll discuss:

– Why small businesses must know their website analytics
– How to get started
– Which data are the most important to track and what they tell you
– What are some best practices and tools to use
– Where social media fits in and more

This live webinar will be recorded and available afterward to all registered attendees.

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 Small Business Expo
October 5, 2011, New York City

Full day networking event, trade show & conference for business owners, entrepreneurs & decision-makers.

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.