You shouldn’t consider this an exhaustive list, but it does give you an idea of the variety of conferences available to you as small business owners and entrepreneurs. If you want to share information on a conference you’ll be attending or hosting, leave us a note in the comments.
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Entrepreneur Magazine’s 5th Annual Growth Conference 2013
This event will be held in Dallas on January 10, 2013 at the Dallas Convention Center. It’ll feature “how-to sessions, invaluable networking, and an unforgettable luncheon to honor the Entrepreneur of 2012 winners.” Notable speakers include keynote speaker Barbara Corcoran, Erika Napoletano, Jason Falls and others. Learn more.
Women Business Owners Conference
Designed for women business owners, this conference addresses challenges related to growing a business in today’s economy. The conference, held on March 22, 2013 in Anaheim, CA, will offer female entrepreneurs an opportunity to hear from experts like Liz Goodgold and Tom Patty. Learn more.
Organizers are touting InfusionCon as the small business sales and marketing event of the year. The conference—held in Scottsdale, AZ March 27 – 29, 2013—will offer several different informational tracks depending on your interests: Green Track, Mastermind Track, Customer Success Track, Big Ideas Track, and Partner & Developer Track. Lots of speakers are on tap for this event including Daymond John, David Allen and Jay Baer. Learn more.
2013 Small Business Conference
The 2013 Small Business Conference will be held April 11, 2013 in Washington, D.C. and will feature breakout sessions designed to help small business owners improve customer service, small business competition, marketing strategy, and small business legislation. Registration opens December 17, 2012 for this event. Learn more.
America’s Small Business Summit
The Small Business Summit will be held April 29-May 3, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual event “unites small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs from across the country to learn, network, and discuss common legislative and management concerns.” Speakers will include Thomas J.Donohue, Steve Forbes, Margaret Spelling, and Bob Woodward. Learn more.
The Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) 2013
As you probably guessed, this conference is created for veterans by veterans. VETS 2013 runs June 10-13, 2013 and will take place in Reno, NV. According to the event website, the goal of this conference is to “Provide the knowledge and relationships needed for Veterans to transition into Business Owners to service the Federal Government.” It will help U.S. Vets make the most of contracting opportunities for Veteran-owned businesses. Learn more.
America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) Annual Conference
September 9 – 12, 2013 the Small Business Development Center will offer workshops, roundtables, general sessions, and working luncheons in Orlando, FL. This conference is still being planned, and they’re looking for presenters. Their call for presentations is open until January 15—hint, hint. Learn more.
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The biggest and best (in my humble opinion) conference for veteran owned businesses is the National Veteran Small Business Conference (http://nationalveteransconference.com/). They haven’t announced the venue and date for 2013, but it’s far and away the biggest one, full of great information, and an amazing place to network. It also gives you access to VetGovParner (http://www.vetgovpartner.com) which is a powerful online networking resource for VOSBs and SDVOSBs. Scott and the guys do great with VETS, too, don’t get me wrong.
Thanks for sharing the info, Jason!
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