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.
ComTech Forum: AI in the Network
What it is: ComTech Forum Roundtable meetings gather 50+ communications industry professionals for an unpanel that wraps everyone into an interactive discussion.
Where and when: December 12, Sunnyvale
Why it’s worth attending: AI is very, very hot these days; but how does Artificial Intelligence apply to communications networks? This panel will discuss these exciting uses of AI in communications networks, and will be a great kick-off to Demopalooza, which runs immediately after the panel.
Cost: Free for members, $200 for non-members
What it is: This informal networking gathering welcomes all stakeholders (member or not) involved in communications innovation.
Where and when: December 12, Sunnyvale
Why it’s worth attending: There are no speakers, and the only item on the agenda is connecting with each other and building stronger relationships across the industry while checking out some new technologies at the demo tables.
TNW New York
What it is: An event designed for decision-makers looking to explore the digital technologies transforming Tech, Communication and Media businesses.
Where and when: December 12, New York City
Why it’s worth attending: The event brings together 1,000 industry leaders to discover, discuss and shape what’s Now and Next in digital. You’ll get inspiration on what’s down the road for your business in the next 2-5 years and go home with actionable tactics you can start implementing right away.
Cost: $800, invitation request required
How to Effectively Coach
What it is: A webinar about how to effectively develop employees through coaching
Where and when: December 14, online
Why it’s worth attending: Whatever your chosen leadership style, it is in your best interest to incorporate coaching with your direct reports. Multiple surveys of employees have validated the biggest desired need of people is to feel they are included and valuable. There is nothing more powerful than a coaching relationship to build that type of relationship
Austin Area Events
Small Business Expo
What it is: business-to-business networking event, trade show & conference for business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups, decision-makers or anyone who works for a small business or is interested in starting a small business.
Where and when: December 6, Palmer Events Center
Why it’s worth attending: This one-day expo offers a wide range of workshops and seminars, plus a chance to network.
Setting Goals for Small Business Excellence
What it is: Setting Goals for Small Business Excellence provides a hands-on, step-by-step instructions for establishing goals & strategies, defining core values. The purpose of this class is to provide business owners with exactly what they need to discover their most important goals and how to go about achieving them.
Where and when: December 7, Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway
Why it’s worth attending: This course will teach you how get a clear long-term vision while also experiencing short-term motivation.
Austin Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook
What it is: the business and economic forecasting event of the year, providing an economic analysis and predictions for the coming year with a special report on industries that are driving our regional economy.
Where and when: December 8, JW Marriott
Why it’s worth attending: A panel, moderated by Dan Zehr of the Austin American-Statesman, will discuss what role technology plays in our economy and the impact artificial intelligence has on our everyday lives.
Smart Series: Hack to Stop Team Stress & Watch Innovation Soar
What it is: In this talk you’ll learn the science of how stress kills your team’s creativity, how to design office environments that increase productivity by as much as 4x, and experience workplace stress combatting techniques in real-time.
Where and when: December 13, ABJ Office – Training room, 504 Lavaca Street, Suite 1008 (10th floor)
Why it’s worth attending: Reducing your team’s stress is an incredibly powerful innovation hack for your company.