34 Events Growing Companies Should Know About

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Welcome to the roundup of small business events, conferences and webinars, brought to you as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.

Business Bootcamp for Wonder Women Conference; February 25-26, 2011

Business Bootcamp for Wonder Women is the professional women's bootcamp that covers all facets of social media, marketing, business and technology.

There are 30 information-packed sessions, hands-on workshops and panels for attendees to choose from.

How 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's Business Owner & Management Conferences: Quality Service and Brand Loyalty; February 28 – March 2, 2011, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Business Process Automation for Solos: The Burgeoning Inbox – Gaining Control of Important Emails, March 1, 2011, Webinar

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 Smallbiztechnology.com and author of Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses

Cbeyond will be giving away a $50 American Express gift card to one lucky participant at the conclusion of each webinar.

How to Get Amazing Sales and Marketing Results in the New Economy; March 1, 2011, Webinar

Get Inspired: 20 Amazing Ways Marketers Are Winning With Online Video; March 2nd, 2011, 2pm EST March 8th, 2011, 2pm EST

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.

Brite '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 per cent off registration.

Credit Ready NYC Credit Fair; March 7, 2011, New York City

March is recognised as Women's History Month and in keeping with that recognition, this event is for women entrepreneurs, business owners and startups. The fair is also open to anyone wanting financial information prior to getting involved with the creation of a business or to better manage the one they are involved with. There will be banks, alternative lenders and nonprofit organisations to offer loan and financial services.
To RSVP call (212) 788-6871 or email: [email protected]

Sixth 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 1-800-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 1-800-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.

Trade Brooklyn; March 14, 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, nonprofits, government agencies, business advocacy groups and the media.

Morgan Entrepreneurship Series at the Hudson Library Multiple dates, Hudson, OH

Geek Girl Boot Camp; March 19, 2011, Cape Cod, MA

Infusioncon 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.

The Social Consumer: Case Studies and Roundtables March 23, 2011, New York City

The 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 and 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.

Vertical 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 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! Join Smallbiztechnology.com's Ramon Ray in New York City and get $10 off early bird registration at this link.

The 2011 U.S./Israel Venture Summit; March 29-30, 2011, New York City

The U.S./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 U.S./Israel Venture Summit is one event you won't want to miss.

BlogWell: 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.

Additional BlogWell events:
May 4, 2011 -- Washington, DC

GROWCO Grow Your Company Conference; April 6-8, 2011, Las Vegas

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.

Trade Nassau April 12, 2011, Woodbury, NY

Trade Nassau will bring together premier businesses from Long Island the greater New York Metro region. Exhibitors and attendees will have the opportunity to connect and network with entrepreneurs, local, regional and national corporations, nonprofits, 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

Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference April 12-14, 2011, Las Vegas

SPREE is the world's largest event for the $12 billion cart and 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 Makeovers April 29-May 1, 2011, Orlando, FL

12th Annual U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Conference & Expo May 10-12, 2011, Kansas City, MO

This 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; May 12 -14, 2011, Chicago

America'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.

The Art of Angel Investing: What Investors Look for, and Look Out for, When Investing in Startups May 24, 2011, New York City

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!

140 Characters Conference; June 15-16, 2011, New York City

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.

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.

NAWBO 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.

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.

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