January 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 January 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.


SEO Bootcamp

What it is: Training aimed at marketers, website owners, website developers, and bloggers

Where and when: January 11-13, Dallas

Why it’s worth attending: This event aims to teach marketers and others SEO processes that encompass aspects of research, planning, strategy, and execution.

Cost: $500-$2,000

Small Business Expo

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

Where and when: January 18, Dallas

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

East Meets West

What it is: A startup event that brings together investors and entrepreneurs from Asia, Hawaii, and North America.

Where and when: January 19-20, Honolulu

Why it’s worth attending: An international event targeting Asian, U.S., and Hawaii participants, this year’s event will feature startups who have won a pitch competition in their country to compete in Hawaii in front of major investors from around the world. Besides the fact that it’s in Hawaii in January, this event will be a great chance to get your startup in front of international investors, and learn from other startups.

Cost: $200-$800



What it is: A conference for women entrepreneurs

Where and when: January 27-28, San Francisco

Why it’s worth attending: Keynote addresses from seven women entrepreneurs, workshops, and networking make this an event packed with information and the opportunity for business connections.

Cost: $227-$1,997

Legalweek, The Experience

What it is: A week-long conference that includes all aspects of the business of law, including marketing, small firms, and a women’s forum.

Where and when: January 31-February 2, New York City

Why it’s worth attending: Seven events are combining in this conference to provide actionable insights and thought leadership on trends, technology, and talent issues facing the legal industry.

Cost: Prices range from $15 for a single exhibit hall pass to $1,295 for passes to all events.


Austin Area Events

 2017 Business Forecast: Confidence in Uncertain Times

What it is: The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are collaborating for the 5th year on this business forecast and networking event.

Where and when: January 11, Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

Why it’s worth attending: Expert panelists will answer questions and discuss the future of the economy, both statewide and nationally.

Cost: $40

The ABC’s of Networking

What it is: A seminar on how to take networking beyond simply meeting people

Where and when: January 12, 504 Lavaca Street

Why it’s worth attending: Whether you are a novice or experienced business professional, this presentation will help you to think differently about your interactions with clients, prospects and other people in your business community.

Cost: $45 for a single ticket, or $95 for a ticket plus a subscription to the Austin Business Journal

Setting Goals for Small Business Excellence

What it is: A class that provides business owners with tools to set and achieve their most important goals

Where and when: January 12, Entrepreneur Center of Austin

Why it’s worth attending: Setting Goals for Small Business Excellence provides a hands-on, step-by-step instructions for establishing goals & strategies, defining core values. This course will teach you how get a clear long-term vision while also experiencing short-term motivation.

Cost: $25

QuickBooks: Introduction

What it is: A seminar to help you improve the way you use QuickBooks

Where and when: January 20, Entrepreneur Center of Austin

Why it’s worth attending: This seminar covers accounting basics, tracking revenue and expenses, bank reconciliation, and file setup using QuickBooks Pro.

Cost: $95

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