August Small Business Events

August is brimming with an excellent line-up of events for entrepreneurs and small business owners. We highly recommend taking advantage of these public classes, seminars, expos, and workshops that have been specifically designed for small businesses and those interested in starting one. Browse through our selection to find the right event for your business needs. Whether you’re just starting out, well-established, or somewhere in the middle – the best thing you can do to maximize your business progress and success is to get out there, seek advice, explore resources, and socialize with other small business owners. Wishing you a productive and enriching month!

Small Business Conferences August 2018

Events Around the Country

Starting a New Business

What it is: A workshop providing new business owners with essential information and resources necessary to building a solid foundation on which a business can grow.

When and where: August 1, Seattle, WA

Why it’s worth attending: This is an interactive workshop where entrepreneurs can meet, network, and share their ideas. A variety of important topics will be covered, such as: choosing the right legal entity; conducting your own market research; understanding accounting and taxes; knowing your insurance and liability; and how to meet your financing needs.

Cost: $85


5th Annual Small Business Night at Coors Field

What it is: A fun combination of networking and baseball!

When and where: August 7, Denver, CO

Why it’s worth attending: More than 400 entrepreneurs will gather for a pre-game picnic, raffles, and networking. Take this opportunity to rent an exhibitor table and show off your product or simply browse through the exhibition tables, network, and enjoy the game!

Cost: $34 (Exhibitor table – $400)


What’s the Law? The Basics of Employment Law

What it is: A seminar for growing businesses looking to expand their team by delegating more or new job positions.

When and where: August 8, Las Vegas, NV

Why it’s worth attending: Get to know the difference between employees and independent contractors as well as state and federal labor laws pertaining to small businesses.

Cost: Free


Small Business Expo – San Francisco

What it is: A lively and educational event held in the heart of San Francisco, one of the biggest tech and start up hubs in the world, designed to help small business owners and entrepreneurs flourish.

When and where: August 9, San Mateo County, SF

Why it’s worth attending: The Expo includes an exhibitor hall, workshops & seminars, product demonstrations, speed-networking, a business card exchange, industry connections and much more. It’s a great opportunity for small business owners to get together, share ideas, and learn from each other as well as leading industry experts.

Cost: Free


University of La Verne SBDC’s Mid–Year Marketing Summit

What it is: A gathering of small business commerce and marketing experts who have partnered together to share the top marketing trends and techniques that have lead their businesses to success.

When and where: August 16, La Verne, CA

Why it’s worth attending: Representatives from Facebook, Google, and Yelp will conduct individual workshops. Each brand will share their secrets to reaching new customers and locating hidden consumer groups. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about federal, state and local resources available for new, growing businesses.

Cost: Free


QuickBooks for Small Business

What it is: An interactive workshop outlining how a small business can use Quick Books to manage their finances.

When and where: August 17, Cincinnati, OH

Why it’s worth attending: Quick Books can be quite an intimidating tool. Some users barely scratch the surface of its full potential. April Ferguson, certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, will exemplify how to use QB and how it can better organize your small business finances.

Cost: $45


Financing Your Small Business

What it is: A workshop presented by the U.S. SBA (Small Business Administration) revealing how to locate various finance options for small businesses and how to approach commercial lenders.

When and where: August 20, Boise, ID

Why it’s worth attending: If you are a small business owner seeking financing, this workshop will help guide you toward your economic goals. Learn about topics such as, traditional financing, alternative financing, determining your financing needs, what a lender looks for, credit criteria, preparing a loan application, and SBA loan programs.

Cost: Free


Wealth Building Tactics for Small Business Owners & Accessing Capital

What it is: A California SBDC (Small Business Development Center) event created to help small business owners and employees secure retirement paths.

When and where: August 21, Los Angeles, CA

 Why it’s worth attending: This is a great opportunity to learn which retirement options are ideal and achievable for small business owners and individual employees. Presenters will also cover seeking funding plus helpful financial tools and resources.

Cost: Free


Legal Clinic for Small Businesses, Lower Manhattan

What it is: NYC Business Solutions has partnered with the attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP to provide small businesses with pro bono legal consultations.

When and where: August 21, New York, NY

Why it’s worth attending: New businesses are sure to have several legal concerns and professional advice can rack up a bill. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered for free. The attorneys can answer questions related to: business legal structure; commercial lease; contract; trademark; and HR. Consultations will be 30-minute appointments and are available on a first come first serve basis.

Cost: Free



Events in Austin, Texas

Social Media for Small Businesses: A Training Series

What it is: A class and Q&A session that teaches small business owners how they can manage their own social media marketing in a reasonable amount of time without over spending.

When and where: August 8, Austin, TX

Why it’s worth attending: This class is taught by Jill Dreska, owner of Spark & Influence. Jill has been teaching social media management to small businesses around the globe for the past 7 years. This is a great opportunity to gain a personal understanding of how simple it can be to push the online presence of your business and watch it flourish.

Cost: $38 – $150


Starting a Successful Business in Texas for Women

What it is: A uniquely all-female-business-owner panel discussion on how to start a business.

When and where: August 21, Austin, TX

Why it’s worth attending: Starting a business should not differ according to gender, however inequality tends to pop up everywhere. A successful group of female business owners and executives will share their stories, lessons learned, and advice for female entrepreneurs. Register early as seating is limited.

Cost: Free


Your Customer Journey Matters

What it is: A presentation by Denise Antoon of MELD Coworking, which explores how small business owners can create the best user experience for their customers.

When and where: August 23, Austin, TX

Why it’s worth attending: MELD Coworking does not only host freelance entrepreneurs seeking a shared workspace, they also believe in community building and small business empowerment. Take this opportunity to check out their great co-working space and learn from one of their experts on how to fine-tune the experiences users have interacting with your product.

Cost: Free


Small Business Accounting

What it is: A class presented by the City of Austin Small Business Program designed to get entrepreneurs geared up to manage and operate the financial accounts of their new businesses.

When and where: August 28, Austin, TX

Why it’s worth attending: Taught by a University of Texas Instructor, this class covers managing current operations, ensuring timely and accurate tax compliance, and provides tips for attracting new partners or investors. It also counts toward the 6-course requirement needed to earn your business skills certification.

Cost: $38.42


Scale Up

What it is: An evening of success stories and mentoring from leading small business owners, presented by the Austin Business Journal and Austin Inno, and sponsored by CDW.

When and where: August 29, Austin, TX

Why it’s worth attending: The event will be packed with networking, guidance from a panel of established startups, round table mentoring, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a networking reception to close out the night.

Cost: $30

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