2015 was full of great small business events across the globe. This year brings a whole new lineup of small business events for business owners, entrepreneurs, and small business employees. Before we share the calendar of upcoming events, let’s talk about how attending events and conferences can benefit you and your business.
Why attend business events?
When you attend an event as a business owner, you open yourself and your business up to so many great opportunities. You’ll be able to network with other business owners, thought leaders, and industry experts at the event. You’ll be able to represent your business in front of others who may be interested in partnering or investing in your company.
And depending on the type of event, you may get to hear experienced and insightful speakers who can help you keep moving your business in the right direction. You might get to participate and offer your own ideas and insight. You might have the opportunity to work in small groups and teams to compete against other attendees.
It’s especially important for entrepreneurs to engage in continual learning, whether it’s in a classroom, at an event, or on the internet. This will give you your competitive edge because you’ll never be caught off guard by new trends and processes. You’ll have been there all along, and will be ready to adapt as necessary.
Small Business Events in 2016
So, here they are: The upcoming small business events in 2016. Here, you’ll find a short summary of each event, a link to register or learn more about the event, and the date of the event. Check back later for Part 2: June-December!
Learn from the best at this year’s Home Business Summit in Miami. Their website makes a bold promise: “You Will Leave This LIVE EVENT Knowing Exactly What You Need To Do To Make $100,000 In The Next 12 Months Using the Internet.” If you own a home-based business or are interested in starting one, this event is for you!
Could your town use a $500,000 makeover investment for Main Street? Nominations for this makeover investment are open January 11-January 28, 2016. Finalists will be determined and announced in May during Small Business Week. More details on Deluxe Corp Main Street Revolution
HackerX is an invite-only recruiting event for developers. It happens each year in more than 35 cities across the globe and more than 50,000+ members are part of its community. The top developers in your city will attend so you can meet them face to face and find the right developer to hire at your business.
Infusionsoft sponsors ICON16, an event for entrepreneurs and small business owners to work together and share a sense of community. Here, you’ll work on developing your strategy, setting goals, and implementing marketing campaigns that will blow them away. This is how you invest in the coming year for your business.
San Francisco, CA
The Affiliate Management Days Conference is for marketing managers and anyone responsible for their company’s affiliate marketing strategy, management and operations. AM Days promises to share insight into how other retailers are successfully implementing and managing their affiliate marketing programs–and how you can do it, too.
This is your chance to network with other small businesses, market your organization to new people, and tap into a network of entrepreneurs, service providers, financial institutions, business coaches, and franchises. Use the hashtag #SBMExpo to keep up with discussions about the event on Twitter or to find out who you know that’s attending.
Bonus Discount Code: “VIP” (You’ll get 25% off!)
You may not be able to attend every event in 2016, but if you can attend just one event this year, do it. It’s an investment not just in your small business, but in yourself as an entrepreneur and business owner. We never really stop learning, no matter how experienced or wise we are, and the more we are willing to learn from others, the higher our potential for success becomes.
Did we miss a great event you know about? Please let us know in the comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions!