5 Small Business Events This Year

By Ann Smarty | Small Business

Big box stores and massive service providers have definitely tilted the playing field against small business over the past 50 years or so, but the age of the internet has given even individuals the ability to succeed against all odds, making small business more viable in the twenty-first century than it has been in many, many years.

Whether you’re a small business owner looking to gain an edge against a world full of stiff competition, or you plan to wade into this uncertain field with your new idea or plan, check out these five small business events this year to give yourself a boost in knowledge and networking in the name of success:

1. Solve Conference for Women

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Focused on women who find themselves entering the small business arena, the Solve Conference is a one-day event that aims to help female entrepreneurs get their hands dirty with every aspect of what it takes to turn a bright idea into a profitable endeavor! Instead of dispensing difficult-to-follow advice, attendees will find that the Solve program offers anything but, focusing instead of real-life solutions to real-life hurdles, leaving you with tools that you can put to use the moment you return to your desk.

When and Where: Visit San Diego, California on July 27, 2013 in order to take in everything that the Solve Conference has to offer, helping to shape you – or the business woman in your life – into a lean, mean small business machine!

2. Inc. 500 – 5000 Conference

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The goal of launching a small business is almost always to eventually turn it into a big business, and this makes the insight that you can glean from the minds behind big business truly valuable as you work to grow your own endeavor into something fantastic. With that in mind, consider attending the Inc. 500 – 5000 conference, a gathering of some of the brightest minds in business, each of them eager to impart their wisdom on small business owners looking to eventually fill their shoes.

When and Where: Pay a visit to the Gaylord National in Washington, DC from October 10-12, 2013 in order to take in everything that the Inc. 500 – 5000 Conference has to offer!

3. Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Conference

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Focused on young entrepreneurs, especially those at a college level, the CEO Conference aims to provide you with the tools that you need to make the leap from innovative thinker to successful small business owner, with workshops and other hands-on opportunities taking place over three full days this fall.

When and Where: This year’s CEO Conference will run from October 31 through November 2, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, giving you the chance to learn, grow, and experience the Windy City.

4. Small Giants Passport Conference

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There’s no better way to learn the in’s and out’s of running a successful small business than by seeing the process with your own eyes, and that is exactly the goal of the Small Giants Passport Conference. By attending, you’ll join your peers in investigating successful active businesses from the ground up, learning not only what makes it tick, but also what makes it profitable!

When and Where: You can enjoy the fun and professional growth of the Small Giants Passport Conference by checking out the interesting venue of Nick’s Pizza and Pub restaurant in Chicago, Illinois from November 10-12, 2013.

5. SMX Social Media Marketing Expo

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Running and promoting any small business can be a difficult task, and that means that you’ll need to turn to every available source in order to really make things work. On that note, the Social Media Marketing Expo is a wonderful event to attend if you fancy the idea of reaching millions of potential customers without spending a cent, allowing you to leave with the knowledge necessary to tackle and succeed with social media as an advertising platform.

When and Where: Give your small business a leg up on your social competition by checking out SMX 2013 from November 20-21, 2013 at the famed ARIA hotel in glitzy Las Vegas, Nevada. If you need accomodations, you can reserve a room at this hotel via Luxury-Hotels.com at a great price!

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