25 Small Business Events to Put On Your Calendar for the Year
More than 3,000 entrepreneur conferences take place every year. These events are opportunities to find new talent, grow an existing organization, or learn about new markets or services. At these business events, you can network with other top performers, and hear lectures from experts the world over. They are accessible places where business owners can meet entrepreneurs from a variety of industries and locations to share ideas. In an ideal world, you would be able to attend as many events as possible. Yet, finding the most valuable conferences to attend is a dilemma of every business owner.
In today’s blog post, we list 25 top small business events located throughout the U.S. that you should think about attending in 2014. If you can’t visit any of these events, you can still keep up with their content through their Twitter accounts which we also provided here.
Mark down these exciting conferences on your calendar, and let’s go through the list!
Date: March 2 – 4
Change the way you view analytics and Big Data when you attend this event in Coronado, CA. Witness two full days of interesting approaches to Big Data and behavioral insights from practitioners and researchers alike.
Date: March 18 – 20
Pubcon is a major technology taking place in the heart of New Orleans LA! Meet social media marketers, search professionals, and online advertisers. Listen to keynotes from top leaders and visit all-day training programs to get more engaged.
Date: March 19
This Chicago, IL conference brings together a variety of small business owners from a myriad of different industries all for the purpose of learning! The motivational speakers range from an early business accelerator to a serial entrepreneur. Prepare yourself for an extremely educational event!
Date: March 19 – 20
Get your affiliate knowledge right here at the upcoming Affiliate Management Days conference in San Francisco. Whether you’re a veteran in affiliate marketing or new to the space, this conference covers a wide range of topics. Learn how to jumpstart affiliate recruitment, the role of networks, and multi-channel distribution.
Date: March 20 – 21
Anyone interested in business growth should attend the 29th Annual Business Expo in Fort Lauderdale, FL! Activities include a Youth Entrepreneurs Workshop, expert consultation sessions, and other events.
Date: March 22 – 28
Join the NOEW event to connect with more than 5,000 innovative business leaders, MBA students, and entrepreneurs in New Orleans, LA! View the talent of young entrepreneurs, programmers, and business people and how it will benefit both your business and the surrounding community.
Date: April 3 – 6
Craftcation is the conference for creative entrepreneurs in the city of Ventura, CA. Indie businesses and DIY professionals in art, craft, and food-oriented small business should attend and the get most out of this dedicated gathering! See relatable speakers and go to interactive workshops.
Date: April 7 – 9
Go to this Summit in San Francisco for an immersive experience in innovative marketing and content strategy. Get an inside look into the future of content and how Marketo and other businesses are committing to these changes.
Date: April 7 – 9
Learn to create seamless mobile experiences by going to the UX Immersion Mobile Conference in Denver, CO. Receive insights on responsive design, mobile, and crafting responsive interfaces from skilled experts in the market.
These are some of the top 25 business events in our search that caught our eye. Do you have any other events in mind you think business owners can benefit from? Let us know below in the comments section.
Date: April 8
Do you want to know what’s next in the world of business? The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce in Wisconsin hosts an exposition unlike any other, where it showcases businesses working on the new and emerging products. Register now for more detail.
Date: April 9
Accel is hosting its first ever Design Conference in San Francisco, encompassing a full day of talks, expert panels, and commentary from some of the industry’s top design leaders. Big Data, the impact of the mobile era on technology and design, and mobile conversion will be discussed. Don’t miss out on this star-studded group of thoughts leaders from Dropbox, Groupon, and Twitter!
Date: April 23 – 25
ICON14 is the ultimate event for small business success! Located in Phoenix, AZ, hosts talks from critically acclaimed speakers such as Seth Godin and Simon Sinek. More than 3,000 entrepreneurs and small business owners will be in attendance to experience ideas from thought leaders at the forefront of the industry.
Date: April 24 in Chicago, May 15 in Dallas, June 12 in New York
Do you want to go to the world’s largest business trade show for free? Go to the Small Business Expo this year, available for attendance across three cities during the Spring and Summer. Listen to keynotes speakers dedicated to achieving excellence for all business professionals.
Date: April 28 – 30
An Event Apart Boston is located in Boston, MA, and it is a three-day conference on modern web-design. Experts at the event discuss content, usability, and design for individuals dedicated to the practice of proper design. Seating is limited, so register now!
Date: April 29 – May 1
Entrepreneurs, strategists, and community managers will come to together at the Social Media Strategies Summit in Chicago, IL! Learn and engage with industry leaders to help maximize your brand’s efforts in becoming instrumental to your niche.
Date: May 12 – 16
San Francisco Small Business Week honors the contributions small business has made to the community. While the entire week celebrate small business entrepreneurship, the actual daylong event takes place Wednesday, May 14, where participants can join seminars and workshops.
Date: May 20 – 22
The GrowCo Conference in Nashville, TN gives you a platform to connect some of the most successful business people in the world. Attendees range anywhere from entrepreneurs, authors, and business leaders all with creative ideas to share. Save $300 if you register by 3/27!
Date: May 28 – 30
Attend this two-day event in Chicago, IL which specializes in B2B marketing, global media and social media trends, and insights into content marketing. Network with professionals business owners from around the country to learn from the best leaders in the industry.
Date: June 2 – 4
Travel marketers (hotels, airlines, cruises, etc.) are set to gain much from this event in Miami, FL. The EyeforTravel event teaches you digital marketing strategies for several of the top social networks, as well as ways to address marketing across multi-screen channels customers thrive on.
Date: June 11 – 13
This is the 10th annual summit set up to bring together small business owners from across the country in order to network, connect, and learn from each other. Located in Washington D.C., the event enables you grow your businesses with other company owners, and discuss the issues that affect small businesses today.
Date: June 17 – 19
Some of the top brands in the conversion space, including Convertro, Optimizely, and SiteTuners, will be attending this year’s event in Chicago, IL. This conference is for digital marketers, conversion experts, and anyone else interested in improving their conversions.
Date: August 10 – 12
The Affiliate Summit takes place in New York, NY. You can engage with vendors, merchants, and educational seminars at this three-day seminar. Get the latest insights on lead generation, selling, and networking to help bolster your own affiliate strategies!
Date: August 27
The 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference takes place in Indianapolis, IN, and encourages individuals to take their lives and careers into their own hands. Perfect your professional leadership skills, network with other careerists, and impact your communication ability so you can achieve new heights in your career.
Date: September 17
Get ready for one of the most tenured women’s conferences in the country! Located in Chicago, IL, the Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference is the premier event for women to get inspiration to built lasting business relationships, increase the profitability of their businesses, and learn from other women business owners. You do not want to miss this!
Date: September 22 – 24
Local SMBs, this conference is right up your alley. Head down to New Orleans, LA, where the top local business people in the country come together to share ideas in innovation, and understand large communities of potential customers for digital marketing solutions. You’ll definitely gain proper insights on local sales strategy, merchant outreach, and more1