December Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s our selection of December events taking place around the country, as well as in ChooseWhat’s hometown of Austin, Texas. Click on each event’s title to be directed to a site with more information.

Small Business Events

Small Business Exposmall-business-expo-logo-atlanta

What it is: A nationwide B2B trade show, conference, and networking event that takes place in 18 U.S. cities, including Atlanta this December.

Where and when: December 8, Atlanta, Georgia

Why it’s worth attending: This one-day expo offers a wide range of workshops, seminars, and presentations from top industry experts, plus a chance to network.

Cost: Free

Business of Longevitybusiness-of-longevity-logo

What it is: According to the World Economic Forum, by next year around 70 percent of the US’s disposable income will be held by people over 60. This event will explore the business opportunities associated with the longevity economy.

Where and when: December 7, San Francisco, California

Why it’s worth attending: This full-day event will look at aging through an economic lens to identify the business opportunities and policy challenges associated with America’s promising, and rapidly growing, aging market. This conference takes the conversation about longevity beyond what is happening now and looks at the future of where this sector will be in 5-10 years. The event will present the experiences of the entrepreneurs, innovators and investors who are already succeeding commercially in these markets today.

Cost: $1,395 is the standard rate; discounts apply for groups or government attendees.

Chief Innovation Officer Summitcio-summit-innovation-enterprise-logo

What it is: Industry-leading speakers and innovation pioneers from variety of U.S. and global companies will gather at this 4th annual event, which takes place over two days.

Where and when: December 5-6, New York, New York

Why it’s worth attending: with an agenda focused on ideation, innovation, and technology, plus discussion around the implications of creating innovative environments and networking, this event will give attendees an idea to exchange ideas and learn.

Cost: prices range from $600 to $2,495

Ignition Future of Digitalignition-2016-logo

What it is: Business Insider runs this annual conference, focused on bringing together leaders in media and technology to share what they see on the horizon.

Where and when: December 5-7, New York, New York

Why it’s worth attending: With interviews, demos and panels, attendees will get a sense of what key trends they should be aware of, what to do to stay ahead, and what transformations are taking place in the digital world.

Cost: prices range from $2,846 to $3,795

Waters USAwatersusa-logo

What it is: A forum for CIOs and CTOs that features speakers and attendees who are senior technology leaders, technology investment decision makers, and C-level executives from around the world.

Where and when: December 5, New York, New York

Why it’s worth attending: Hear from experienced industry leaders about cutting-edge IT strategy development and solutions that are driving innovation and enabling smart business decision making in leading financial institutions.

Cost: $1,699 for conference passes; free for qualified end-users

Austin Area Events

Austin Inno’s 50 on Fire 201650_on_fire_logo

What it is: Austin’s Inno’s year-end award celebration, recognizing the city’s inventors, disruptors, and luminaries across all industries.

Where and when: December 7, The Madison, Austin

Why it’s worth attending: A chance to network and learn about the people and organizations driving innovation in Austin this year.

Cost: $40-$60


Austin Business Journal’s Face 2 Face with Maria Rodale, CEO and Chairman, Rodale Inc.face-2-face

What it is: This ongoing series from the Austin Business Journal is done in a one-on-one interview format with ABJ Editor Colin Pope. This month’s event features Maria Rodale, CEO of a successful global business.

Where and when: December 6, Whole Foods Market

Why it’s worth attending: Hearing a professional journalist ask business leaders about their challenges, opinions, and advice is a fantastic way for entrepreneurs and business owners to learn from business leaders.

Cost: $40 for a single ticket, or $125 for a ticket and a one-year subscription to the ABJ

Williamson County Growth Summitwilliamson-county-growth-summit

What it is: a chance to hear from panelists and network while delving into the areas in quickly-growing Williamson County, just north of Austin, that are booming the most.

Where and when: December 15, Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center, Georgetown, TX

Why it’s worth attending: Several hundred influential business and civic leaders gather at this event each year. Williamson County continues to be one of America’s fastest-growing counties, and business opportunities are abundant.

Cost: $75 for a single ticket, $500 for a marketing vendor booth, $850 for a table, and $1,700 for a corporate table sponsorship.

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