Events Roundup: Innovation, Influencers, Awards & More – Sept 10

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 networking event, a webinar you can watch from your office, or a big educational conference, there are some great opportunities to learn, network, and grow your business over the next several months.


Small Business Influencer 2011 Awards
September 13, 2011, New York City

Please join us as we celebrate the top 100 Small Business Influencers of 2011 at the official awards ceremony and reception on September 13, 2011 in New York City, brought to you by BlackBerry, Infusionsoft and Sage.

Don’t miss this fun, high energy evening as we recognize some of the most influential people and companies in the small business community. You’ll have the opportunity to meet Small Business Influencer nominees and judges, network with other small business owners, and win some fabulous prizes. Space is limited so register early!

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.

What 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.

Startup Princess Touchpoint
September 15-16, 2011, Salt Lake City

Touchpoint is the premiere event for women entrepreneurs, where practical planning meets sky-high inspiration, networking fuels momentum, and high impact strategies are the most coveted party favor.

The 5th Annual event features two days of keynote speakers and panels, as well as plenty of opportunities to network. Topics range from “Making Meaning in Your Business and Contributing to the World,” to how to bootstrap your startup, to how to crush QVC. Enjoy a concert by Jessie Clark Funk, and a Sparkle & Shine Spa Party, featuring manicures and massages.

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.

Brooklyn Business Expo 2011
September 20, 2011, Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Business Expo will bring together the brightest business leaders from the most dynamic companies throughout Brooklyn and the adjoining counties. The Brooklyn Business Expo provides an environment for businesses to enhance their relationships, research the market for the leading products and services, and learn about the latest best business practices. This will be the largest business-to-business expo in Brooklyn.

Superhero Business Summit
September 20-21, 2011, Albuquerque, NM

Two day, intensive executive training programs that will arm you with the tools to develop and run an efficient and successful small business. Get the tools to defeat the common villains that run businesses into the ground and arm you with the knowledge to soar above the competition.

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.

Winning Strategies
September 21, 2011, Miami Beach

This full-day conference event will show you how with proven tactics to impact virtually every aspect of your business. From start to finish, discover insightful ideas, straightforward solutions and fresh perspectives with over half-a-dozen business strategists and experts leading the way.

2011 Internet Marketing Association Awards Event

Thursday September 22, 2011

The IMA’s annual Internet Marketing Awards event will spotlight top industry work, along with world-class speakers who will address cutting edge trends and contemporary topics.

How Small Businesses Can Do Very Big Things With Technology
September 22, 2011, New York City

If you’re looking for help in using technology in your business join us as the next Taste of Technology Series.

In this 2 hour session, YOU are the focus. We’ll spend 2 hours (from 6 – 8) hearing your questions and providing answers. There is no agenda but YOUR business. Frustrated with email? Scared about hackers stealing your data? Clueless about Twitter? We’ll help.

Join Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist of as he helps your business use technology as a tool to further grow your business.

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.

Small Business Technology Tour
September 27 – Mountain View, CA
October 12 – Salt Lake City
October 18 – Boston
November 2 – Atlanta
November 10 – Chicago is excited to bring you the second annual Small Biz Tech Tour. This event is a full day of information, insight, energy and fun.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to boost sales with website analytics
  • How smart companies are using mobile technology to be more productive
  • Why many small businesses are not getting results with social media and what you must do
  • How to stop selling and start publishing content for more sales
  • Why websites and email marketing are not dead, and how to get the most out of yours
  • How local companies are getting more local customers using technology
  • How to increase sales by segmenting your customers

Vertical Response 2011 Take Action User Seminar Series
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!

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.

Media and Entertainment Investing Conference
October 27, 2011, Coral Gables, FL

Sponsored by The Launch Pad at the University of Miami, this conference will cover trends in early-stage investing, the factors that are most important to Investors when they are considering an investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get investors’ attention, strategies to grow their businesses, additional advice for entrepreneurs and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other investors.

Fast Company Innovation Uncensored
November 2, 2011, San Francisco

A mixed agenda format will offer attendees a variety of ways to engage with and employ the innovative ideas that come from the scintillating content and unexpected environment.
The event content is aimed toward anyone who thinks of themselves as an innovative business leader including but not limited to the fields of technology, design, marketing, entertainment, venture capitalism, energy, infrastructure, non-

BlogWorld & New Media Expo
November 3-5, 2011, Los Angeles

BlogWorld & New Media Expo is the first and only industry-wide conference, tradeshow and media event dedicated to blogging, podcasting, social media, social networking, online video, music, Internet TV and radio. BlogWorld conference attendees enjoy more than 120 cutting-edge educational sessions presented by leading bloggers, podcasters and content creators, while the New Media Expo provides the only industry-wide new media marketplace for networking, online business and marketing resources.

Register with the promo code SBTVIP20 to save 20% off any conference pass, or use code SBTVIP50 to save 50% off Expo Passes (which include access to the Exhibit hall as well as all keynotes and parties, just like the conference passes).

Social Media Makeover Forum at Digital Atlanta 2011
November 8, 2011, Atlanta

This half-day, innovative business conference will take place during Digital Atlanta 2011 – a weeklong (November 7-11) calendar of events that will focus on the digital and social media scene in Atlanta. The SMB Social Media Makeover Forum will feature three panels of social media experts from leading brands and agencies. These experts will provide advice to three small and mid-sized businesses who will be selected for social media makeovers.

America’s Small Business Summit 2012
May 21-23, 2012, 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. Past speakers include former President George W. Bush, former General Stanley McCrystal, Small Business Editor of the WSJ Colleen DeBaise, and many more. Attendees 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. The event will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on May 21-23, 2012. For more information and important dates, check the Summit website,

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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.